Sim­ple steps can re­lieve stress this Christ­mas

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Celebrations -

CHRIST­MAS can be a re­ally fun time of the year, but it can also be stress­ful for some.

To avoid un­nec­es­sary stress dur­ing the fes­tive pe­riod this year, peo­ple in West Lan­cashire are be­ing en­cour­aged to fol­low sim­ple steps.

With friends and fam­ily com­ing to­gether to eat, drink, ex­change gifts and cel­e­brate dur­ing Christ­mas, the cel­e­bra­tions can bring im­mense pres­sure to most of us.

It is, how­ever, also ex­tremely im­por­tant that we take care of our men­tal well­be­ing.

Kieran Fleck, Minds­mat­ter psy­cho­log­i­cal well­be­ing prac­ti­tioner lead at Lan­cashire Care NHS Foun­da­tion Trust, ex­plained: “Christ­mas can be a re­ally stress­ful time of the year, re­gard­less of whether you live with a men­tal health prob­lem or not.

“While the fes­tive sea­son is great for bring­ing to­gether fam­ily and friends to spend time with each other and cel­e­brate, the prepa­ra­tion, fi­nan­cial pres­sure and fam­ily ten­sions can of­ten bring added and un­nec­es­sary stress for peo­ple.

“We want peo­ple in Lan­cashire to en­sure that they are look­ing af­ter them­selves by plan­ning and us­ing their time ef­fec­tively to avoid last minute run­ning around, and en­sur­ing they get plenty of sleep and re­lax­ation time.’’

Mr Fleck added: “We are en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to do good deeds or small acts of kind­ness to make them­selves feel bet­ter and main­tain a pos­i­tive mind set.

“No­body should suf­fer alone. We have Minds­mat­ter teams across Lan­cashire that are here to sup­port any­one who is feel­ing low or stressed out this Christ­mas.”

Peo­ple can ac­cess the ser­vice via the on­line re­fer­ral form from the com­fort of their own home, by post, by tele­phone or by vis­it­ing their GP.

For more in­for­ma­tion about your lo­cal Minds­mat­ter ser­vice and to ac­cess their on­line sel­f­re­fer­ral form please visit www.lan­cashire­care.nhs. uk/Minds­mat­ter.

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